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ramento and vice-president of Jewish
Publishing Society of America.
Also arrayed on the employer's side
is S. Thurston Ballard, vice-president
of the Louisville National Bank, and
Richard Aishton, vice-president of
the Northwestern Railway Co.
Mrs. J. Borden Harriman, New
York society woman, and Prof. John
R. Commons of the University of
Wisconsin also are believed to be
leaning toward the employers.
Fighting tooth and nail for Man
ley's drastic report is Chairman
Frank P. Walsh, who at the New
York hearings refused to show
Rockefeller, Jr., any more considera
tion than the humblest labor wit
ness; A. B. Garretson, president of
the Order of Railway Conductors;
James O'Connell of Washington,
third vice-president of the American
Federation of Labor, and John B.
Lennon, treasurer of the Federation.
STATE STREET MAKES POVERTY WAIL LEVY
MAYER CALLS PROSPERITY TALK BUNK
According to positive statements of
Levy Mayer, attorney, and a commit
tee from about 100 State street store
and loop real estate interests before
the board of review yesterday, this is
the absolutely and correct advice to
flashChicago at this time:
1. Don't buy down-town real estate
in Chicago. Getting cheaper every
year. All the time slumping. A" rot
ten investment. N
2. Don't believe prosperity stories
in the newspapers. It's mostly bunk
sent out by bankers to lure little busi
ness men and the working class with
will o' the wisp hopes.
3. Don't believe department store
ads when they say business is better
than ever and the biggest crowds ever
are rushing to buy on State street.
James Simpson of Marshall Field &
Co. and Albert Ellinger of the Boston
Store testified before board of review
that business is worse on State street
the last two years, so much worse
that their taxes ought to be lowered.
When D. F. Kelley, manager of Man
del Brothers testified the same way,
Ass't State's Att'y Henry Berger ask
ed Kelley two little easy questions. To
each, Kelley replied, "I won't answer
that" These were the questions:
"What were the total net sales of
Mandel Brothers for the years 1913
and 1915? Is it not true that all State
street stores had larger net sales in
091? and. 1914 than in prior years?"
Then Berger wanted to know why
so many State street stores are pay
ing big money for improvements if
business is so bad. He pointed to an
nexes and re-buildings by Field's,
Stevens, Boston Store, Mandel's, A.
M. Rothschild's, M. L. Rothschild's.
"Contracts for those improve
ments were all made before 1913,"
Chairman Webb shut off Berger
from further questions. He said the
Lbgard is seeking facts and not en
Thos. Alcott and W. Fox, for Cook
County Real Estate board, protested
against lowering of assessments of
State street stores. They said the
average increase of 8 per cent ought
to be raised instead of lowered.
Seymour Morris, attorney for the
Leiter estate, and B. M. Winston, who
helped make the famous school land
assessment early this summer, and
Frank G. Hoyne, uncle of the state's
attorney, are the appraisal board
which will report to board of review
on State street land values.
Ever since the indictment of Julius
Rosenwald, the Sears-Roebuck mil
lionaire and charity sport, State's At
torney Hoyne has pushed a fight to
drive the big stores, banks and real
estate owners of the loop into paying
taxes on the same level with small
home owners and the little fellows.
Under pressure from Hoyne and Mb
assistants, Henry Berger, Jrwia